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If you’ve been visiting this blog long enough, perhaps you remember one of my favorite books from 2008, Locke 1928 by Shawna Yang Ryan.  I love being able to follow up on authors whose works I’ve reviewed, and it’s such a great feeling to discover a book I favored is going even stronger now than last year!  

For anyone who knows a little about the publishing industry, you’ll know how hard it is for an author’s work to not only go from a paperback to a hardcover, but from an indie press to one of the big guys.  That’s just what Shawna Yang Ryan has done with Locke 1928, which has recently been republished by Penguin Press in hardcover under the title “Water Ghosts“.  

I’m really proud to have been given the opportunity to review Ryan’s book under its first publication with El Leon Literary Arts, and it’s pretty exciting to see the book reaching an even wider audience.  Here’s a bit of the description I gave in my review: “When three Chinese women float to shore on a dilapidated boat after having been adrift at sea for over a month, the men of the town line up to woo them. The madame of the local brothel begins having visions she takes as a warning. The pastor’s wife, the only “whitewoman” in town who isn’t a prostitute, takes two of the women under her wing, and it could be a big mistake.” You can read the review in its entirety here: Locke 1928. This book will transport you to 1920’s Locke, California.  The town was real, making the story even more enticing.  By the time you finish reading, you’ll swear the characters were real too.

A big congratulations are due to Shawna Yang Ryan.  We look forward to hearing about your continued success!  Just remember us when you finally meet Oprah…

I have two copies of Water Ghosts in its beautiful new hardcover format (retail $25) to give to a couple of very fortunate carp(e) readers!

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just tell me a short ghost story! It can be one sentence or a paragraph; this book is about what happens when a Chinese ghost story comes true, so give us a scare. (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, to enter.

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  1. Sounds like a good book

  2. Please accept this as my entry for May 6, 2009… Thanks!

  3. Sounds like a good book

  4. Linda Howard

    Please enter me. Thanks!

  5. So, every night at 2:12 a.m., right on the dot, I would awaken with a start. I’d walk around the house to check to see that everything was okay and try to figure out if anything had happened to wake me up. Nothing. Ever.
    A few weeks of this happening every single night had me creeped out. It ceased after a month, only to reoccur every year at the same time of year.

  6. A ghost was hungry so it ate all the food in the refrigerator. At least that’s what I told my family.

  7. I subscribed by email.

  8. bina edwards

    just got an order from amazon yesterday and already 2 of the 4 books are read

    guess we need new reading material :)

  9. I’d love to read this book

  10. So many things referred to as “Ghosts”; Love the idea of the concept of and for Water associated with GHOST. Many Thanks SW

  11. Dawnlizabeth

    She heard a baby crying-where was it coming from? As she made her way through her house,she heard the whimper of an infant again. Was the baby in pain,hungry? The cries became more insistent and she found herself making her way out the backdoor. She heard the child, clearly in distress and went toward the cries. As she made her way through the damp grass, she could hear the child and her heart lunged-she was getting close. As she walked toward the sound,she saw a small marker for a infants grave, there was no doubt it was the source of the child’s cries. Stunned by the entire episode, she swore she saw the baby’s ghost rise…thats when she took off running.

  12. Dawnlizabeth

    folalalower (follower)

  13. My mom got a phone call one day from my dad’s work, saw the number on the caller id. He had died a year before and the building he had worked in was empty! Really. Spooky, huh?

  14. Hi, sign me up, I would love to read this book.

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